MDMA / Ecstasy Addiction Treatment in Port St. Lucie, FL

MDMA/Ecstasy Addiction Treatment

At the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction clinic, we truly understand the difficulties associated with addiction and recovery. For this very reason, we offer a space of support, immersive care, and compassion to ensure that you have a safe and comfortable experience as you embark on your journey towards recovery.

 

We will help you understand the effects and causes of your MDMA addiction, which will, in turn, empower you to take the next step towards achieving sobriety.

Recovering from addiction is tough, but you will be amazed at how much easier your journey will be with our encouragement and support.

What Is MDMA?

Also known as ecstasy or molly, MDMA is a synthetic drug. Manufactured in a laboratory, it comes in powder and pill form.

Often consumed recreationally, MDMA is typically encountered within the party scene. This is because it increases energy, produces feelings of euphoria, and enhances the desire for social connection.

In the United States, MDMA is a common yet illegal drug. While many people perceive it to be somewhat safe and believe that they can use it without severe consequences, it can be extremely addictive. It can also give way to a plethora of health issues.

What Are the Effects of Ecstasy?

MDMA acts as a stimulant. This means that when consumed, it interacts with the neurotransmitters in the brain to increase the production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. It also has hallucinogenic properties.

Norepinephrine helps the body respond to stress and exercise and acts as a stress hormone and a neurotransmitter. It is typically produced during the ‘fight or flight’ response.

Serotonin plays a role in regulating mood, appetite, sleep, and pain. When MDMA is consumed, the body produces more of this hormone, resulting in the user feeling happiness and euphoria. Similarly, dopamine enhances pleasurable feelings.

The effects of MDMA usually last between three to six hours. 

Typically, users will experience a mixture of the following:

Feelings of empathy and compassion
Euphoria
Happiness
Distortions to sensory perceptions
Increased energy levels

Though MDMA is often consumed to enhance mood, many side effects come hand-in-hand with using the drug. These side effects often alleviate naturally. However, some can be long-lasting.

Below, we have shared just a few of the side effects encountered:

Fluctuations in body temperature
Panic attacks
Paranoia
High blood pressure (hypertension)
Sweating
Involuntary jaw clenching or teeth grinding
Nausea

Who Takes Ecstasy?

Known as a ‘club drug’, MDMA first gained widespread popularity in the nightclub and rave scene in the 1980s. Its primary users were adolescents and young adults. However, MDMA use has since gained recognition outside of the nightclub scene.

Although people of all ages may experiment with MDMA, the main demographic of people using the drug is those between 18-25, with the average age of starting to use the drug beginning at 21 years old.

Dangers While Taking MDMA

Due to the stimulating effects MDMA has, it is not uncommon for the body to overheat when the drug enters the bloodstream. This causes many individuals to experience dehydration.

Although hydrating the body is essential when dehydration is experienced, you must also remember that drinking too much water can be problematic. This is because MDMA causes the body to produce the syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone. This hormone affects your ability to urinate, leading to urinary incontinence. For this very reason, over-drinking water can be as dangerous as not drinking enough as it impacts the body’s salt balance.

Taking MDMA may also cause you to engage in risky behaviors such as unsafe sex. You may also be more likely to consume other drugs or alcohol.

When taken in pill form, the dangers are somewhat significant. This is because pills are frequently laced with other drugs or substances. In turn, it is often difficult to distinguish what exactly is being consumed.

For this very reason, many people assume that snorting the powder form of MDMA is best. However, ingesting powder carries similar risks as this can contain toxic additives..

Some substances often included in MDMA include:

Bath salts (synthetic cathinones)
Cocaine
Amphetamines
Ketamine
Over the counter cough medicine
Caffeine
Fentanyl
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)

Whether legal or not, it is extremely dangerous to consume any drugs, especially if you are unsure of what they contain. Though anyone is at risk of encountering the side effects of MDMA, taking MDMA poses a particular threat to those with epilepsy, blood pressure issues, heart conditions, and asthma.

Dangers After Taking MDMA

Though the physical dangers of MDMA abuse are significant, the psychological effects of MDMA must also be considered. Unbeknown to many, MDMA can have adverse effects on our mental health.

In the days and even weeks following MDMA, a comedown can be expected. A comedown is the experience of the depletion of serotonin levels in the body due to them being overproduced when MDMA is taken. During a comedown, it is common for many individuals to experience feelings of anxiety, depression, and paranoia.

If MDMA is abused over a prolonged period, in addition to having negative consequences on an individual’s mental health, MDMA abuse has been linked to liver, kidney, and heart problems. These problems are often irreversible, especially when drug abuse is left untreated.

MDMA Addiction

Fortunately, using MDMA once or occasionally does not mean that you will develop an addiction. However, it is still important to be aware of the risks of addiction.

Some warning signs to look out for if you think you or a loved one may be addicted to MDMA are:

Reluctance to attend social events
Lying or secretive behavior
Changes in social circles
Being unwilling to quit despite the negative health consequences
Problems completing daily tasks
Mental health issues
Physical health problems
Changes in appearance
Reduced cognitive function

Treatment For MDMA Addiction

Here at Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, we are experts in addiction treatment and recovery. Many of our staff members are in long-term recovery themselves, and so they truly understand the challenges of quitting on a personal level.

As no two people are the same, how addictions are treated greatly differs. Therefore, we provide each client with a specifically tailored treatment plan, personalized to their recovery goals and needs. During your time in our rehab, we closely monitor your physical and mental health to give you the safest environment to recover.

Not only is the environment inside our rehab center comfortable, but our grounds are too. Located in the beautiful Port Saint Lucie, Florida, our clients have the chance to soak up the sun and relax during their time with us. Nestled in a cozy, quiet location, we truly boast a perfect atmosphere to be immersed in serenity and peace.

We offer residential treatment programs for addiction and substance use disorder (SUD), and we are proud to be one of the leading addiction treatment facilities in the nation.

Dreams of achieving long-term recovery are much more likely to be accomplished if you choose to be guided through it at our facility by one of our experts who can equip you with the necessary tools to defeat your addiction.

Why Choose NP Addiction Clinic?

Why our St. Lucie County rehab and mental health center is right for you and your loved ones.

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24-Hour Support

We are dedicated to helping people heal, recover and live better lives, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Count on us to be there when you need us most. 

On-Site Detox

Unlike most facilities, we provide a complete, in-house safe and comfortable medical detox.We care for you from start to finish.
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Mental Health Treatment Pros

We are experts in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction and much more. Our mental health expertise is above and beyond the norm.
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Aftercare and Alumni Support

Our aftercare, alumni support and MAT programs are second to none. We’re invested in your recovery and wellness for the long haul. 

Let’s Talk Today

The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic (NPAC) is committed to delivering the best mental health and MDMA/Ecstasy addiction treatment in Port St. Lucie, FL available. We can help you or the one you love too, but you need to make the first move. Call us now at (888) 574-3506 or send us a message using this form. 

Samantha Kelly​

Director of National Business Development & Admissions Coordinator

I am a dedicated and passionate professional with extensive experience in business development Admissions and marketing. I have an incredible passion for showing others that there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel if someone truly wants it.
Being in recovery myself I understand the struggles of addiction and alcoholism. I Started this Career path in 2009. With multiple years of experience, I bring a multi-faceted approach and am always seeking new ways to make a difference in the lives of those I work with.

Kim L. Buckner

Facilitator

As a Substance Abuse Motivational Speaker, Pastor, Peer Advocate, and Facilitator. Kim helps clients avoid relapse by understanding their triggers. Those people, places and things that can cause craving, as well as internal triggers like feelings, thoughts, or emotions. Kim also clients with identifying and building healthy relationships now that they’re clean and sober.

Kim’s background includes extensive experience as a motivational speaker and work in faith-based organizations helping youth and adults alike. He says he is motivated by giving back to the community, understanding, and not judging who she comes into contact with. Kim’s favorite quote is by Dr. Raymond Johnson: “The respect given to others rebounds to the giver to deny the scared in the Other is to deny it in oneself.”

Caty Burns

Clinician

Caty graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Counseling and History. Throughout her undergrad, she worked at the local CASA program, supporting volunteers advocating for children who had experienced abuse and neglect. Caty worked for seven years at a community mental health center (CMHC), partnering with children, adults, and families.

During those seven years, she taught life and coping skills as well as behavior management, provided case management and peer recovery services, and facilitated treatment teams that included the client, family, providers, and community members. I have also worked at an IOP providing group therapy services. She is currently working towards my Master of Social Work.

In her free time, Caty enjoys reading, especially historical fiction, spending time outdoors and having movie nights with her family. Disney World is her happy place, and she dreams of living among the elephants.

Madison Knowles

Mental Health Therapist

My name is Madison Knowles, I am a Mental health therapist at NPAC. I am a single-mother of two and I have a daughter who is globally delayed and has been diagnosed with autism. I have been in this industry since I was 16 years old, as I was fascinated with human behavior. I obtained my masters in applied behavioral analysis and started off working with people with disabilities. I then found my love for counseling when I worked with juveniles who had mental health and substance use issues. I then decided to go back for my mental health therapy license after that and working in a forensic treatment center. I went on to obtain my therapy credentials and since 2017, I have also been working on my PhD in forensic psychology in which I am currently working on my dissertation. I am inspired by change and how resilient people can be. My favorite inspirational quote is “Some will, Some won’t, So what, NEXT!!!” This quote has inspired me to try, try, and try again no matter how hard life gets, someone will give you a chance eventually. As a therapist at NPAC, I have been given the opportunity to work with diverse populations such as in substance use and mental health and I am known for my work with people on the schizophrenic spectrum as well as with other clients with other severe conditions including personality disorders.

Megan Carmona, LMHC

Lead Therapist

Our Lead Therapist, Megan, is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in working with adults who struggle with addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma. As Lead Therapist, she provides individual, family, and group therapy sessions to our clients.  Megan says “I am very passionate about therapy, especially about supporting my clients in exploring their strengths and identity. My goal is to provide individuals with the tools that can help them achieve independence in coping with their challenges and facilitating personal development.” In her free time, Megan enjoys watching docu-series and playing video games with her family. Her dream is to own acres of land so she can care for vulnerable animals, especially old dogs, cats, and horses. 

Kristen Bensley

Primary Clinician

As Primary Clinician, Kristen works with all aspects of our clinical team, from case management to primary therapy.  She has broad experience working in the mental health field. Prior to joining our team at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, Kristen was part of the team awarded the Evernorth Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Designation by Cigna. She says her motivation is to help people rediscover who they are and become excited about the future and all the possibilities life offers. Kristen’s favorite quote is: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

Ronn Daigle, MSW

Therapist, Utilization Review Clinician

Ronn Daigle services as a Therapist and Utilization Review Clinician at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic. He has been working in the field of substance use disorder treatment since 2011, with experience in all facility-based levels of care. Ronn earned, both an Associate of Arts in Psychology (2013) and Bachelor of Science in Human Services, with an Addiction Studies Concentration (2015) from Indian River State College. 

Ronn additionally earned a Master of Social Work degree in 2021 and is a current Registered Clinical Social Work Intern working toward licensure (LCSW). He describes himself as detail oriented, and solution focused.

Ronn says: “There is nothing more fulfilling than working with someone who doesn’t believe in himself or herself, and being there in the moment with them when the belief begins. We work with individuals who come to us at a point and time in their respective lives where they do not believe that change for others is possible; let alone for themselves…throughout the process they eventually come to a point where they realize that change is not only possible, but achievable.”

Erika Melecio, LMHC, MCAP, CEI

Assistant Clinical Director

Erika Melecio, LMHC, MCAP, CEI is the Assistant Clinical Director at Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic who specializes in the treatment of LGBTQ, addiction, as well as mental health disorders ranging from depression and anxiety, to Bipolar Disorder, trauma, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders. Erika utilizes a number of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness amongst others. Erika has been in practice for close to a decade and has earned her license in Mental Health Counseling, as well as being a Master’s Certified Addiction Professional. Erika has worked with many individuals including couples counseling and family therapy, and is fluent in Spanish.
 
Throughout my years of practice, one of the things I enjoy helping people find is inner peace. Whether you are in the deepest parts of depression, overrun by your anxiety, controlled by your addiction, or there are certain issues in your life that are negatively impacting your ability to function, and have a happy, healthy life, maybe now is the time to talk about it. I am a big believer in empowerment, working hard in therapy, and utilizing different techniques to help you regain that inner peace that may have been lost along the way. I want to work with you as a team because with two people, absolutely everything is possible. I want to be there as a therapist, to help build you up, support you, but also help you be honest with yourself and accountable. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, my biggest goal for you is going to be simple….for you to no longer need my services. Why? Because if you no longer need my services, it means that you have regained your peace, you have regained your strength, you have regained your confidence. It means that you now have the tools to address any issues that try to derail you, and best of all, you will have the insight to overcome and thrive. So let’s begin this journey together, and get you to the place you want to be, emotionally, mentally, psychologically, and in your sobriety.

Aurelio Ayuso, MSW, LCSW, CAP, ICADC

Clinical Director

Aurelio has worked with those that suffer from the disease of addiction in adults and juveniles alike for over 10 years, beginning in the United States Navy where he proudly served for 20 years, working with those that were succumbed by addiction due to trauma and continuing his passion for helping those in need locally in Central Florida.

He specializes in both Addictions and Trauma, he has worked first as a therapist then as the clinical supervisor to both the Juvenile and Adult Drug Court programs in Brevard County. Aurelio has been instrumental in developing substance abuse treatment programs directly tailored to help those that also suffer from complex trauma due to their addiction. He has been recognized by several organizations for his forward thinking and ability to tailor treatment to individuals in the most restrictive environments.

Mr. Ayuso received his Graduate Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as Certified Addictions Professional in the State of Florida, and Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Aurelio specializes in the treatment of Addiction, Trauma, and Abandonment using strength based strategies deeply rooted in Solution Focused, and Mindfulness Therapies. At the Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic he passionately develops holistic curriculums that foster the belief that through addressing the mind, body, and spirit together, the Disease of Addiction can be addressed successfully.

Robert Lehmann, MHSA

Chief Operating Officer

Bob Lehmann is the Chief Operating Officer at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic. He has a Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration with a concentration in Mental Health Administration and over twenty-five years of experience as a senior executive at addiction and mental health treatment facilities.

One of the reasons for his commitment to excellence in addiction treatment was his experience related to family members who suffered from the disease of addiction. Bob has been actively involved in community organizations throughout his career. Recently he was one of the founders of the Florida Addiction Treatment Coalition (FATC) and is its present Vice President. FATC was designed to bring together treatment executives in Florida to advocate on behalf of treatment facilities and the clients they serve adhering to a foundation of integrity and service excellence.

Jose R. Toledo, M.D.

Medical Director

A well-rounded and accomplished individual, Jose R. Toledo, M.D., is the Medical Director of Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic.

Dr. Toledo is a neurologist with 25 years of experience and has been in private practice since 1991 on the Treasure Coast of Florida. He completed his neurology training at the State University of New York and his Fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.

He also completed 24 months of acute inpatient psychiatry at the Western Missouri Mental Health Center, University of Missouri in Kansas City. In 2008, Dr. Toledo participated in and was certified in the continuing medical education activity entitled “Buprenorphine and Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence” from The Medical University of South Carolina during which began his quest to found and head Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic.

Dr. Toledo is a brain specialist with particular competence in addiction medicine and out-patient detoxification treatment and integrates the fields seamlessly. He is certified to prescribe Buprenorphine (Suboxone). He incorporates his background in neurology into the addiction field. Dr. Toledo is member/fellow of The American Medical Association, The Florida Medical Association and The American Society of Addiction Medicine